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The deadline for 2016/17 tax returns is only days away. Those who are self-employed, receive rental or savings income over certain limits, or who have made capital gains over the annual exemption of £11,100 for 2016/17 will need to complete their self-assessment by the end of the month. People who receive child benefit and where the higher earner in the couple has income of over £50,000 are also affected.
The UK economy has proven its resilience and ability to successfully navigate change many times throughout history. But we can’t take this for granted. It’s critical that we remain competitive, retain our strength in innovation, develop and attract the skills our economy needs and convert that to inclusive growth and prosperity for all.
Artificial intelligence (AI): it’s a phrase appearing in the news and in our everyday lives more and more these days. Although there may be some truth behind the eye-catching headlines on AI and robots taking thousands of jobs, it’s unlikely to be as dramatic as it sounds.
Over the past two decades Deloitte’s Fast 50 programme has celebrated the fastest growing companies in the UK. The world has changed a lot during that time but all winning businesses have consistently shared one enviable trait: they have recorded ultra-rapid growth, often in an uncertain environment.
By Steve Williams, Senior Partner for Deloitte in Scotland and Northern Ireland
There have been few years as eventful as 2016 in recent times – between the race for the White House, Brexit, and the Scottish Parliament election. While it may have been a tough act to follow in terms of drama, 2017 has also certainly been a year to remember, for the way some of the previous year’s events have continued to unfold, if nothing else.
By Rick Ballard, Partner, Financial Advisory - Transaction Services, Deloitte
By Professor Graeme Roy, Director, Fraser of Allander Institute
On Thursday, the Scottish Government will publish its Draft Budget for 2018-19.
By Richard Slater, Consulting, Deloitte
The Entrepreneurial Scotland Awards & Celebration Dinner took place this year on St Andrew’s Night, at SWG3. It was a celebration of entrepreneurial success, acclaiming Scotland’s top talent and those who have excelled in entrepreneurial leadership over the past 12 months.
By Angela Mitchell, Lead Partner for Scottish Public Sector and UK Public Sector Technology, Deloitte
Deloitte has published the first edition of its Digital Disruption Index, which has been designed to help remove the hype around technology investment and to help senior executives uncover digital skills gaps. With cross-industry insights across key topics such as digital strategy, talent, Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence, the findings show a clear gap between the expected impact of digital and the reality of how digital is being delivered, and are as relevant to the public sector as they are to other sectors.
By Ian Ritchie, founder of Office Workstations Limited, investor, mentor, and business angel
Every year, Deloitte celebrates the UK’s fastest growing companies in the firm’s Fast 50 awards. With the competition reaching its 20th anniversary, some of its most iconic Scottish entrepreneurs relive their experiences and share advice with those looking to start out today. In the first of the series, Ian Ritchie, founder of Office Workstations Limited, and now an investor, mentor, and business angel offers his thoughts.